scorpio80 wrote:What does everyone think of next year's theme? I don't want to give it away if you guys haven't seen it, but here is the link:
http://www.burningman.com/art_of_burnin ... theme.html
diane o'thirst wrote:Creationism is, at best, filed under Literature.
gyre wrote:I think having a theme this specific is antithetical to creativity in art, and actually destructive to art and burning man.
littleflower wrote:i'm new here, drawn by the radical free expression ... so any suggestion of limits is a concern.
you are still allowed to bring whatever art you want, aren't you? even if it's small stuff around your camping spot? does all art have to follow the theme? i saw "theme art" and "playa art" categories and just assumed that anything goes with the latter... As for the funding, it makes sense to me that the people who have the $$$$ would want to know where it is going.
gyre wrote:Creativity is a delicate thing.
Even the smallest incentive has been shown to radically restrict or eliminate creativity.
It seems especially inappropriate to have a theme at burning man, and even worse to connect it to the art and art funding.
My opinion is that something like "the Floating World" was as narrow as any theme should get.
Burning man's real success is communicating to the outside world that anything might be art, no minor accomplishment.
Themes run counter to that.
I can go to any art show if I want to see art that has been vetted.
And I particularly want to see the widest variety of ideas at each event.
I'm hardly the first to say any of this.
stringTheory wrote: Maybe, and this is a stretch, one could consider this just a way for viewers of the art to exercise their own creativity in connecting (or not) it's meaning to the theme.
Cassidy wrote:The pocket gopher is EXTINCT?????????!!!! WTF!!
Aaaannnyway... I immediately saw this theme as a way for me to express my thoughts about evolutionary pathways such as "survival of the fittest" and why/when/where things are or are not "fit enough" in any given when/where. One could get VERY creative just along that line of thinking.
Themes will only limit the those who are not creative, and I think there's an abundance of creative folks that attend Burning Man that will stretch and pull ideas related to evolution that will fascinate us once again.
Try 500 million years ago.littleflower wrote:.. i read once about a series of organisms that came to and end about a million years ago, the book was called "Wonderful Life" or something,
theCryptofishist wrote:Try 500 million years ago.littleflower wrote:.. i read once about a series of organisms that came to and end about a million years ago, the book was called "Wonderful Life" or something,
Yes it was called Wonderful Life and it's by Steven Jay Gould.
I think that A, B, C, Darwin, E, F, Gould, Huxley, ... is one possible way to do street names.
Another is more like Cambrian, Ordovucian, ... Triassic, Jurassic, Cretatious,... but that's like to be even more cofusing and less memorable than cars.
Or (most likely) it will be something like A, B, C, DNA, E, Fossil,
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